You'd think it would be common knowledge that you're not supposed to take things that can be used as a deadly weapon onto a plane — especially, say an item whose express purpose is to cause death or at least signify potential causing of death.
In four separate incidents on Tuesday, according to an agency media release, Transportation Security Agents found loaded guns at Tampa International Airport security checkpoints.
At least two of those instances involved a loaded gun discovered in someone's carry-on luggage as he or she attempted to get through security.
One of these incidences happened at 10 a.m., according to the release, when agents found a (again, friggin' loaded!) Glock .45 caliber pistol "in a passenger’s carry-on bag."
About two hours later, agents found a loaded Kel-Tec .380 in another passenger’s carry-on bag.
Then, they found a loaded Glock .380 at 2:30 p.m. and a loaded Ruger .380 at around 4:30 p.m.
It was not clear from the press release how the latter two were discovered.
But in each case, TSA "alerted police," who confiscated the bags in which the guns were found and "escorted the passengers out of the checkpoint area."
In light of the fact that the incidents appear to be unrelated to one another, TSA saw fit to politely remind travelers that not only is trying to carry a gun onto a plane not okay, doing so can net you jail time.
So, you know, if you usually carry a loaded gun around in your purse or laptop bag, maybe you look through your bag's contents before leaving the house to catch your flight.
“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said TSA spokesman Mark Howell. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”
This is far from the first time this has happened at TIA. In fact, they discovered a record number of improperly packed guns (i.e., packed in checked baggage with ammunition separate) in 2016 — when Tampa's airport outpaced all other airports in the state on gun confiscations. In the wake of that haul, TSA officials saw fit to warn travelers to to leave their guns at home if they can't figure out how to properly pack them.
Some 34 firearms have been discovered at Tampa International so far this year, which puts it on pace to top last year's record, 79 guns.
TSA officers at TPA have now discovered 34 firearms at security checkpoints in 2017. A total of 79 were found there in 2016.
In other words, yikes.